Monday 20 August 2018

Here are some of the new and revised cars coming your way this year

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Citreon C4 Cactus
Mercedes-Benz CLS
BMW M5
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham reports on what’s due so you can plan when, and what, to buy

Alfa Romeo

More variants of Stelvio SUV are expected as first deliveries of the current models are made this month.

Aston Martin

The new ‘baby’ Vantage gets AMG 4-litre V8 power (503bhp). The next-gen Vanquish makes an autumn  debut with a 600bhp-plus output.

Audi

The A7 4dr coupe is here in February. The RS4 Avant is just here. The e-tron EV with a range of more than 500kms is due later in the year. And the new Q8 – mid-year – will be followed at some stage by an SQ8

The A6 will be a big-interest car in the summer/early autumn. There will be an estate later. The Q3 gets a facelift in the summer and will be longer, to put some distance between it and the Q2. The next A1, later in the year, is targeting the MINI and moves to the VW group’s MQB platform.

Bentley

The Continental GT gets a sharper drive and more luxury bits and pieces. The Bentayga PHEV will have a 3-litre petrol engine. On the road by summer.

BMW

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BMW M5
 

Have just revised their 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, which go on sale here in March. They get a new generation of engines, more equipment and new materials. The plug-in hybrid has a ‘pure’ electric range of up to 45km. Prices start from €37,800 for the Active Tourer and €39,950 for the Gran Tourer. The new X2 gets here in March too. It’s 2cms shorter and 7cms lower than the X1 but has the same wheelbase. There is a 470-litre boot. OTR prices start from €50,320.

The pulsating M5 is another March arrival. The 4.4-litre V8 manages torque of 750Nm and shoots from zero to 100kmh in just 3.4 seconds. The X4 SUV arrives first quarter, the Z4 production model in late 2018. The 8-series - late 2018 - will have 6cyl and 8cyl petrols and diesels as well as an M version and V12 coming later. And we’ll be hearing more about the large X7 SUV.

The i8 facelift is due by the summer (369bhp thanks to upgraded electric engine). Same goes for the roadster (later in year).  The electric i3 facelift and the hot i3S (sportier looks, 10mm lower and 181bhp) are expected to do well on the EV front. An X3 M high-performance version is expected to pump around 425bhp, due towards the end of the year.

Citroen

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Citreon C4 Cactus
 

By the second half of the year, the new Cactus will replace the current C4 and C4 Cactus. It will have a 1.2-litre PureTech 110 5spd manual, an auto 6spd, 130bhp 6spd manual and 100bhp 1.6-litre diesel 5spd.  Watch out for the C5 Aircross crossover by the end of the year. A hybrid is likely by early 2020.

Dacia

The new Duster will be of major interest, given the popularity of the current one. It’s coming late this year so it’s a 191-reg contender. They say it is ‘100pc new’ with an overhauled interior and updated exterior. There will be petrol and diesel engines.

DS

Their new DS7 Crossback – to rival the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 – is due here next year.

Ferrari

The Portofino folding hard-top convertible is a March debutant with a 3.9-litre, 592bhp, V8 engine.

FIAT

Revised 500L and 500L Living have just gone on sale. The updated 500X arrives towards the end of the year.

Ford

The Mondeo hybrid electric will be here later this month, prices starting from €31,500. Ford claims it will be the largest hybrid mainstream saloon on the market.

The other big news is the August arrival of the all-new Focus. It won’t be shown at Geneva but will be unveiled at a separate event. ST variants are expected to follow.

The new EcoSport SUV arrives late January. Ford is promising a big improvement on the previous version. It has AWD for the first time as an option. Providing the power are the new 1.5 litre EcoBlue 125PS diesel and the 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (three variants up to 140PS).

The revised Mustang will be here by mid-year. Both the 5-litre V8 and 290 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost have the new option of a 10spd automatic transmission. There will be more driver assistance technologies, so it should score better with Euro NCAP than when tested in 2015. Expect a revised Ka+ in April.  And the Fiesta Active, with slightly raised ride height and black plastic body cladding mimicking the small SUV brigade, is due relatively soon. A revised Transit Custom van will be here by March with Courier and Connect models due by May.

Honda

The Civic range gets two new additions. The revised diesel 1.6 i-DTEC engine arrives later this month with the Civic 4dr saloon scheduled for the latter part of the summer. It will also be late summer by the time we see the larger new CR-V with its 1.5 litre turbo petrol. It will be followed by a hybrid model in October/November. You’ve noticed? No diesel.

Hyundai

Much of their 181 model line-up is just on the go here, including the Kona crossover,  i30 Tourer (estate) and  i30 Fastback – and the i30N performance car is a market debutant in a select number of dealerships. The IONIQ hybrid is also just in. Next year there will be an electric Kona with a range of 500km.

Isuzu

The D-Max is to get an autumn facelift with styling, interior and technology tweaks.

Jaguar/Land Rover

The electric I-PACE SUV will arrive mid-summer after a Geneva reveal. No prices yet. New hybrids have joined the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport range, badged P400e. The plug-ins combine a 300hp 2-litre petrol with a 116hp electric motor. Expect them mid-2018.

The majority of the larger Range Rover models have been facelifted too. A Range Rover 2dr coupé is expected by the end of the year. There is a new 2dr Discovery commercial with 1,856 litres of flexible load space and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes. It comes with a 3-litre V6 diesel (TD6) engine. Ex-works prices start at €52,695 (VAT at €9,737).

Jeep

The Compass SUV goes on sale next month. Prices from €27,995 for the 120hp 1.6 MultiJet diesel. There are two other diesels: a 2-litre MultiJet (140hp) with 6spd manual transmission and 4x4. And there is a 2-litre MultiJet (170hp) with 9spd auto box and 4x4. On the petrol side is a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo petrol (140hp) with a 6spd manual transmission and two-wheel-drive. There will be 2WD and 4WD versions as well as manual and auto transmissions.

New Wrangler and Cherokee are due late in the year. The Wrangler will have a hybrid variant. Revised Renegade also pencilled in for Q3.

KIA

The new cee’d will be shown at Geneva Show and goes on sale in July.

The Stinger GT with its 3.3 litre V6 is priced at €66,895 and gets here in March. The 2.2 litre diesel GT Line version will cost around €53,895 and is a March debutant. Right-hand drive models come with rear-wheel-drive only. The plug-in Niro hybrid is here now. Also coming are facelifts for the Sorento and Sportage.

Lamborghini

The Aventador S Roadster supercar packs 730bhp; 0-100kmh in three seconds. It’s on the go next month. The new Urus 641bhp SUV takes just 3.6sec to reach 100kmh. Goes on sale in right-hand drive in March.

Lexus

New 7-seater RX L arriving in May. It’s their first 7-seater and should do well. Their CT and NX models are benefiting from interior and exterior design changes. The new LS flagship saloon is just on sale. It has a 3.5-litre multi-stage hybrid powertrain with 10spd automatic transmission. Priced from €112,750.

Maserati

The Ghibli has been given a facelift. Lighting up the summer will be the new Levante GTS with its 523bhp Ferrari V8 under the bonnet.

Mazda

The ‘6’ gets an overhaul, due later in the year. They are also bringing in a minor facelifted CX-3. Also plans for the MX-5 to get a tiny facelift.

Mercedes

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Mercedes-Benz CLS
 

Arriving during February/March will be the anticipated new (facelifted) S-Class Coupé and Cabriolet.

Here for the 182-reg period will be the new and revised CLS, A-Class (both new) and C-Class (facelift). The CLS really looks the part. We’ll see the A-Class by early summer. The CLS arrives later in the summer. The revised C-Class range (saloon, Cabrio and estate) will be shown at Geneva in March and will likely make it here by August. There will be an A-Class saloon late in the year, though it will be shown at Geneva.

The AMG GT 4dr saloon (600bhp launch version) is an autumn starter. A subsequent super-hybrid with 805bhp – possibly by 2019 – is expected. The GLE mid-sized SUV is really a 191-reg contender.

MINI

The MINI 3dr, 5dr and Convertible will get new technology and connectivity when  up-specced versions go on sale in March. Special 1499GT also due this year. And this time next year we’ll be all talking about the first electric MINI.

Mitsubishi

Their new Eclipse Cross SUV is effectively here. There will be a 1.5-litre turbo petrol version (163PS) with 2WD and three trim levels. The manual version starts from €27,900. The rear seats slide 200mm and there is an 8-step recline.

Nissan

The new LEAF, which I’ve already reviewed abroad, is due next month. With its new, more powerful 40kWh battery pack, it has a claimed range of 378km range (more likely 280km/300km). Overall pricing has yet to be finalised but they have a special-edition version based on SV Premium grade (third highest of four) and it costs from €29,590.

 The new e-NV200 van gets here mid-summer with a bigger (40kWh) battery giving an improved range of up to 301km (WLTP city)/200km (WLTP combined)/280km (NEDC).

Opel

A key model for them is the Grandland X SUV, which is now in dealerships. There is a 1.2-litre 130hp petrol and a 1.6-litre 120bhp diesel with either 6spd manual or 7spd auto transmissions. Expect two new diesels in the spring and an 8spd auto. The 1.2-litre petrol starts at €27,995, with the 1.6-litre diesel from €28,995.

The new Grandland X Ultimate trim with the 2.0 diesel is due in Q2.

Peugeot

The revised 308 starts from €20,995 for the hatchback Access 1.2 PureTech 110bhp 5spd S&S and from €21,990 for the SW (estate) Access 1.2 110bhp. It’s the first to get the PSA group’s new BlueHDi 130 S&S diesel engine.

Porsche

The 911 Carrera T, a pared-back version of the iconic car, is on the go soon. Later on, the Macan SUV gets a mid-life facelift as well as new turbo V6 engines and an upgraded cabin.

Renault

The high-performance Mégane Renault Sport (280bhp) will be available to order this spring. It has wider track and unique calibration for the 4-CONTROL system to make for what promises to be terrific handling. It has not been decided yet if the Alaskan pick-up truck will be brought in here.

SEAT

There will be a large seven-seater SUV later this year. It will be called Alboran, Aranda, Avila or Tarraco. There is also a Cupra Ateca performance SUV coming – next winter by all accounts.

Skoda

The KAROQ SUV arrived in December and will be rolled out to the press in a couple of weeks. It’s priced from €27,715. A new 1.5-litre TSI petrol is on board for the first time. The Octavia also gets a high-tech 1.5-litre TSI engine from this month.  And the Fabia gets a facelift for late in the year.

SsangYong

Expect new Korando Sports towards the end of the year. It is scheduled to be shown at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn. Meantime, new-model Rexton 2-seat and 5-seat models are marked in for end of January/early February, both with 2.2-litre diesels.

Subaru

The new XV crossover is now on sale and starts from €33,495.  The new Impreza costs from €25,995 for the 1.6i S CVT automatic and €29,995 for the 1.6i SE Lineartronic CVT automatic.

Suzuki

After a busy time, they have just the one model – the Swift Sport – coming over the next 12 months. Powered by a 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine and on sale for June.

Tesla

When we will see the smaller and more affordable Model 3 given the meagre level of production? 2020?

Toyota

The Yaris GRMN, the brand’s first hot hatch in a good while, is being made in tiny numbers but it is due early this year with a price tag of around €40,000. It pumps 209bhp from its 1.8-litre engine and manages 0-100kmh in 6.3 seconds.

Volkswagen

After an early-January flurry of reveals here – the new Polo, T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace 5/7-seater SUV – the only other major event for now is the large Touareg SUV’s arrival in time for 182-reg. It will have four-wheel drive as standard. The Passat (saloon and estate) will be facelifted at the end of 2018.

Just to refresh: T-Roc prices start from €24,750.

The new Polo prices start at €16,795 – with a range-topping 200hp GTI due in the spring.

The Tiguan Allspace (January) is a longer version of the current SUV and you can have an extra row of seats for €770. Most people will opt for that. The 5-seater costs from €34,050. Add €770 and you pay €34,820 for the 7-seater.

Towards the end of the year we’ll see the T-Cross, a smaller SUV than the T-Roc. And next year there will be the I.D. CROZZ electric SUV.

Volvo

Expect the new XC40 compact SUV to start arriving in dealers by the Spring. Prices start from €38,900 for the T3 front-wheel drive. There is also a D4 AWD.  The D3 front-wheel drive engine for the XC60 is also due and starts from €47,950.

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